Cameroon hit over gay activist death

AFP-JIJI

Lawyers acting for a gay-rights campaigner murdered in Cameroon accused police Thursday of failing to carry out basic procedures that would have helped to catch his killers.

Eric Lembembe’s body was discovered in the capital of Yaounde on Monday. His neck had been broken and he had suffered burns inflicted by an iron, said Human Rights Watch, a charity with whom he had a close relationship.

Lembembe’s lawyer, Alice Nkom, said police had done nothing to help build his case.

“No one collected the slightest piece of evidence. No one took a single photo. No one did anything that would have allowed for a serious and credible investigation,” she told reporters.